Spoiler: Chocolate is not a no-no if you’re trying to lose weight. Studies show that people who eat a little bit of chocolate every day are more likely to lose weight than those who don’t eat any at all. Chocolate lovers rejoice!
Why does chocolate get such a bad rap?
Chocolate is considered candy. This leads many to think that chocolate is bad for you. Most people are convinced that chocolate makes you fat and gives you pimples, when in reality, it depends on the quality of the chocolate and the amount that you eat.
Note: It’s not the end of the world if you eat an entire bar of chocolate in a single sitting. As long as it’s only once in a while! If it becomes a regular occurrence and you feel like you can’t live without it, you may wish to consult a healthcare professional who can help you develop a healthier relationship with food and stop potentially addictive behaviors.
What is “healthy” chocolate?
From a nutritional point of view, you can determine whether chocolate is “healthy” by examining its packaging. The “best” chocolates are those with short lists of ingredients. Look for the percentage of cocoa and the amount of sugar. The higher the percentage of cocoa and the less amount of sugar, the healthier the chocolate! Another tip: If the chocolate is made from raw cacao, the benefits will be tenfold.
White, dark, milk…which chocolate is better?
Dark chocolate contains the least amount of sugar, so it is preferable. However, it usually contains just as much fat as other chocolates. It should therefore be consumed in moderation, in the same vein as fatty seeds or nuts.
Remember, too, that it’s important to treat yourself. If you love white or milk chocolate, then feel free to enjoy a bar now and again. Moderation is the key!
So, can you eat chocolate while on a diet?
The answer is yes!
1. Cocoa is full of antioxidants and fiber, both of which are essential for weight loss.
2. It also contains flavonoids, which boost your metabolism and help your body burn fat.
3. Cocoa reduces your appetite and cravings, making it easier for you to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Download the Nutri Coach app for a customized nutrition plan with quick, easy, and life-changing recipes!
4. While dieting, a few squares of dark chocolate or a smoothie made with raw cacao powder are healthy snack options that can help satisfy your sweet tooth.
5. By incorporating chocolate into your diet, you can indulge without gaining weight.
Chocolate and its benefits for the body
Composed of potassium, calcium, magnesium, caffeine, antioxidants, and theobromine, cocoa is a magical antidepressant that immediately puts you in a good mood.
Cocoa is so high in antioxidants that it slows down your body’s natural oxidation process (i.e., aging). But that’s not all…
Chocolate stimulates your brain, regulates your blood pressure and cholesterol, boosts your libido, lowers your risk of diabetes, improves the health of your intestines and bones, reduces inflammation and the development of cancerous cells, and is a good source of vitamins…incredible, isn’t it?
Chocolate and its benefits for the mind
Chocolate triggers all kinds of positive emotions, especially those formed during childhood. This makes it a “comfort food.”
Chemically speaking, cocoa stimulates the production of “happy” hormones (serotonin and dopamine, among others).
Chocolate and its benefits for fitness
Chocolate contains alkaloids (theophylline, theobromine, caffeine) that help keep you alert and awake.
It also has a tonifying effect by increasing your cardiac output and optimizing the functions of your muscles and brain. Eating chocolate can improve your workouts.
Extremely high in potassium (around 400 mg in a 100 g bar), chocolate helps prevent cramps.
Chocolate can also prevent soreness in muscles. After a workout, cocoa immediately starts to replenish your muscles. It dilates blood vessels and helps blood flow more easily.
When should you eat chocolate: before or after working out?
Whenever you want! Chocolate is perfect before, during, or after sports.
- Before a workout, it boosts your energy.
- During a workout, it provides for a kick without making you crash thanks to its high fiber content.
- After a workout (e.g., in a shake), it helps your body recover more quickly and limits micro-tears in your muscles.
The most important thing is to pay attention to your body, its needs, and its sensations.